UNI’s identity during the Ben Jacobson era has been all about controlling tempo. In this clip, you’ll learn a ball handling drill that will help guards work on crossing and making a sudden change of direction while handling the ball, allowing them to better dictate the tempo throughout a game.
Drill Summary: Players start in the corner of the court and need one ball each. The goal of the drill is to execute a quick crossover dribble at every pivot point on the court. The path players should take is corner to lane line, lane line to elbow, elbow to opposite elbow, opposite elbow to lane line, lane line to corner, and finally corner to top of the key extended. Once players reach the top of the key extended, they speed dribble across the court and get in the back of the line.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Maintain a low dribble.
2) Go at game speed.
3) Keep your eyes up.
4) Use a variety of crossovers.
This clip came from Championship Productions’ video, “Ben Jacobson: Individual and Team Offensive Drills.” Browse over 900 basketball videos online at ChampionshipProductions.com!
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Ganon Baker, founder of Elev8 Sports Institute and owner of Ganon Baker Basketball, does a great job of improving players by running them through tough drills. The “Attack the Cones” drill is no exception, as athletes are forced to execute a crossover while holding on to a second ball.
Drill Summary: Players start in a single file line at half court. Set up two cones about shoulder width apart at the top of the key and have a coach stand just behind them. Every player needs two balls for this drill. Begin the drill by passing one ball to the coach behind the cones, then start to dribble toward them. While the player is dribbling, the coach passes the second ball back to the player. Once the player has secured the second ball, they read the coach (who either stays where they are or cuts off the athlete) and attack the hoop. If the coach stays in the same spot, then drive all the way to the bucket. If the coach cuts the player off, cross over and attack the other direction. Make sure to carry the second ball through the finish and lean into it since it simulates a defender.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Use your body to catch the second ball.
2) Short, quick crossover.
3) Pin defender on the drive.
4) Extend on the finish.
Being able to take foot quickness and ball handling, and implementing it into eye hand coordination goes a long long way on the court each season. Myron Epps of the Aztec Basketball Academy takes those important skills and adds multiple ball skills to his foot quickness drills in order to maximize his player’s ability to control the ball in various situations. Turnovers play a huge role in the outcome of a game along with the ability to lead and control an offense. These ball handling agility workouts will help build body control while building essential ball skills at the same time!
Drill Setup: Players move to the wall for their quick dribble reps. They then move to position themselves in front of the coach to execute two ball dribbling abilities.
Athlete Movements: Begin with dribbles moving in and out and then forward and backward, finishing with 15 side-to-side low dribbles and then transitioning to a high dribble. Following that is high low dribbles and figure eight dribbles, which transition into popcorn figure eights. The final phase is the juggling dribble.
Gain additional insight from this Championship Productions’ DVD “Aztec Basketball Academy Elite Training – Workout 1.” See how you can learn more on Ball Handling.
Sean Miller is the current men’s basketball coach at the University of Arizona. In his short tenure at Arizona, Coach Miller has won a Pac 12 Championship and Pac 12 Coach of the Year honors. In this video clip, Coach Miller and his sons work on the inside-out move. You can also incorporate a hesitation and crossover move in this series.
Athlete Movements: Cones are needed to simulate where a defender would be in the open court. Coach Miller wants each player to make three dribbles before each cone. He also wants to alternate each type of layup. On one end of the floor, he wants the players to power up off of two feet for layups. Meanwhile, on the opposite end he wants players to do the traditional layup off of one foot. Coach Miller wants each player to explode and drive by after making each move. As with all ball handling drills Coach Miller does, he stresses not to fear making a mistake. Mistakes are a good thing because you know you are getting pushed outside of your comfort zone.
2) Carrying Out the Move and Then Finding a Faster Speed to Blow by the Defender
3) Maximizing Your Dribble
4) Finishing at the Basket
As one of only two people ever to make it to the Final Four as both a player and a coach, Billy Donovan, knows the essentials to help both coaches and athletes. In this father and son workout clip you will have the chance to see a great exercise that incorporates ball handling, changing direction with the dribble, footwork, and finishing at the rim. The beauty of this workout is that it’s versatile.
Player Movements: For this drill you will need to setup 3 Cones (2 just outside each elbow and 1 in the center of the floor just between half court and the 3-point line). Coach Donovan wants the player to crossover, go between the legs, or behind the back at the top cone. Once that player gets to the elbow area, that player will treat the cone as a defender. The player will look to turn the corner and get to the rim.
Drill Essentials: 1) Explode when you simulate turning the corner. 2) Get a good angle of attack to the basket. 3) Don’t fade away on the layup. 4) Go off the proper foot for the layup. 5) Use the rim for protection. 6) Try and limit your dribbles (Be efficient with dribbling).
Drill Tips: You can use the crossover, between the legs, or behind the back at the cone. Also, you can mix them together in the same sequence.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “AAU Basketball Skills Series: Billy Donovan’s Father and Son Workout.” To view the latest video selections on Ball Handling, click here.